2023/2024 U.S. Ski Team Officially Announced


U.S. Ski & Snowboard on Tuesday formally announced the 23 athletes named to the cross-country skiing national team for the 2023/2024 season.

Athletes new to the national team this season include D-Team skiers Haley Brewster, Brian Bushey, Max Kluck, Ava Thurston, and Derek Richardson, who is universally known as “Buster.” Welcome to these five, and congratulations to all 23 athletes.

“The U.S. team is hungry to begin the 2023/24 season after a very productive preparation period with excellent training opportunities at Mt. Bachelor in Oregon, the Torsby ski tunnel in Sweden, and the Snow Farm in New Zealand, among other locations,” said Chris Grover, national team Program Director, in a USSS press release.

Grover continued, “Training progress has been evident in the many outstanding performances by our athletes in major rollerski and running competitions around the globe. Although the entire season will be exciting to watch, some highlights from the team will include the Tour de Ski, which will include non-traditional longer events in both Toblach and Davos, and of course our home World Cup at Wirth Park in Minneapolis.”

Here is the official 2023/2024 World Cup calendar. February 9–13, in Canmore (four World Cup races), and February 17–18, in Minneapolis (two World Cup races), should already be on most North American ski fans’ radar.

The official team announcement follows below.

2023/2024 Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team



Rosie Brennan (club: APUNSC)

Jessie Diggins (SMS)

Julia Kern (SMS)

JC Schoonmaker gets air at NordicX in Anchorage in April (photo: Jim Kohl, @kohlphoto)


Ben Ogden (SMS)

JC Schoonmaker (APUNSC)

Sophia Laukli racing in Europe earlier this summer / ©GoldenTrailSeries® – DoloMyths Run – @the.adventure.bakery



Sophia Laukli (Team Aker Dæhlie)

Novie McCabe (APUNSC)

Sydney Palmer-Leger (SMS)

From left, Luke Jager, John Steel Hagenbuch, Gus Schumacher, and Zanden McMullen at the finish of the men’s 20km mass start classic, World U23s, January 2023. (photo: Gavin Kentch)


John Steel Hagenbuch (Dartmouth College)

Luke Jager (APUNSC)

Zak Ketterson (Team Birkie)

Zanden McMullen (APUNSC)

Scott Patterson (APUNSC)

Gus Schumacher (APUNSC)



Haley Brewster (University of Vermont)

Samantha Smith (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation)

Ava Thurston (Dartmouth College)

Derek “Buster” Richardson, far left, races at Junior Nationals in Fairbanks this March. (photo: Eric Engman)


Brian Bushey (University of Utah)

Michael Earnhart (APUNSC)

Walker Hall (Methow Valley Nordic Team; University of Utah)

Max Kluck (Bridger Sports Foundation)

Will Koch (SMS)

Derek “Buster” Richardson (APUNSC)

Development Team Coach Greta Anderson, right, at 2023 World Masters, Seefeld, Austria. (photo: courtesy Shannon Brockman)

Coaches and Staff

Cross Country Program Director: Chris Grover

Head Coach: Matt Whitcomb                    

World Cup Coach: Jason Cork                                     

D Team Coach: Kristen Bourne

Development Team Coach: Greta Anderson                                                                            

Cross Country Development Director: Bryan Fish                       

Cross Country Sport Coordinator: Adam St. Pierre              

Cross Country Press Officer: Leann Bentley

Service Staff

Head of Service: Oleg Ragilo

World Cup Service: Bjørn Heimdal    

World Cup Service: Eli Brown    

World Cup Service: Chris Hecker

World Cup Service: Karel Kruuser    

World Cup Service: Paul Choudoir

— Gavin Kentch

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